Eiji Yoshihara

Title(s)Assistant Professor-in-Residence, Medicine
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    Yamaguchi University, JapanB.S03/2006Physics/Informatics/Biology
    Kyoto University, JapanPh.D.03/2011Molecular Biology
    Salk Institute, La JollaPostdoc10/2016Genomics/Stem Cell/Physiology
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    Kyoto University2011Kyoto University President Award

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    Dr. Eiji Yoshihara is a principal investigator in the Lundquist Institute at Harbor-UCLA Medicine Center and an assistant professor in the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. The overall goal of his research is to understand how tissue specific transcriptional networks regulate whole body metabolism and organogenesis. Dr. Yoshihara's research follows three major scientific directions: (1) the role of spatiotemporal transcriptome and epigenetic regulation in human organogenesis modeled by human pluripotent stem cells. (2) environmental adaptation during prenatal and postnatal development and metabolic homeostasis (3) engineering cell products for regeneration and cell replacement therapy in diabetes. As an undergraduate student, Dr.Yoshihara majored in computer science and physics and minored in developmental biology using Xenopus laevis as experimental model at Yamaguchi University in Japan. As a graduate student at Kyoto University, Dr.Yoshihara studied the function of thioredoxin interacting protein (Txnip) in the feeding-fasting metabolic transition with pancreatic islet physiology, and identified and characterized novel players in the glucose and lipid homeostasis in a mouse model of diabetes. During postdoctoral training in the Salk Institute, Dr.Yoshihara pioneered the study of nuclear receptors and gene regulation, and the organogenesis using human pluripotent stem cell technology. Dr.Yoshihara's lab is seeking the spatiotemporal gene regulation in development and physiology and aiming to engineer the cell products for the better solution to cure both type 1 and type 2 diabetes.
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    1. Insulin reduces endoplasmic reticulum stress-induced apoptosis by decreasing mitochondrial hyperpolarization and caspase-12 in INS-1 pancreatic β-cells. Physiol Rep. 2024 Jun; 12(12):e16106. Murata N, Nishimura K, Harada N, Kitakaze T, Yoshihara E, Inui H, Yamaji R. PMID: 38884322; PMCID: PMC11181300.
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    2. Scaling Insulin-Producing Cells by Multiple Strategies. Endocrinol Metab (Seoul). 2024 Apr 04. Choi J, Cayabyab F, Perez H, Yoshihara E. PMID: 38572534.
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    3. Redoxisome Update: TRX and TXNIP/TBP2-Dependent Regulation of NLRP-1/NLRP-3 Inflammasome. Antioxid Redox Signal. 2024 Apr; 40(10-12):595-597. Yoshihara E, Matsuo Y, Masaki S, Chen Z, Tian H, Masutani H, Yamauchi A, Hirota K, Yodoi J. PMID: 38386512.
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    4. A guide from the stomach to β cells. Nat Cell Biol. 2023 05; 25(5):637-638. Choi J, Cayabyab F, Yoshihara E. PMID: 37106061.
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    5. Stem Cell-Derived Islets for Type 2 Diabetes. Int J Mol Sci. 2022 May 04; 23(9). Salib A, Cayabyab F, Yoshihara E. PMID: 35563490; PMCID: PMC9105352.
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    6. Adapting Physiology in Functional Human Islet Organogenesis. Front Cell Dev Biol. 2022; 10:854604. Yoshihara E. PMID: 35557947; PMCID: PMC9086403.
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    7. Estrogen-Related Receptor γ Maintains Pancreatic Acinar Cell Function and Identity by Regulating Cellular Metabolism. Gastroenterology. 2022 07; 163(1):239-256. Choi J, Oh TG, Jung HW, Park KY, Shin H, Jo T, Kang DS, Chanda D, Hong S, Kim J, Hwang H, Ji M, Jung M, Shoji T, Matsushima A, Kim P, Mun JY, Paik MJ, Cho SJ, Lee IK, Whitcomb DC, Greer P, Blobner B, Goodarzi MO, Pandol SJ, Rotter JI, North American Pancreatitis Study 2 (NAPS2) Consortium, Fan W, Bapat SP, Zheng Y, Liddle C, Yu RT, Atkins AR, Downes M, Yoshihara E, Evans RM, Suh JM. PMID: 35461826; PMCID: PMC9233018.
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    8. Heterogeneity of Diabetes: β-Cells, Phenotypes, and Precision Medicine: Proceedings of an International Symposium of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research's Institute of Nutrition, Metabolism and Diabetes and the U.S. National Institutes of Health's National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases. Diabetes. 2021 11 13. Cefalu WT, Andersen DK, Arreaza-Rubín G, Pin CL, Sato S, Verchere CB, Woo M, Rosenblum ND, Symposium planning committee, moderators, and speakers:, Rosenblum N, Cefalu W, Andersen DK, Arreaza-Rubín G, Dhara C, James SP, Makarchuk MJ, Pin CL, Sato S, Verchere B, Woo M, Powers A, Estall J, Hoesli C, Millman J, Linnemann A, Johnson J, Pin CL, Hawkins M, Woo M, Gloyn A, Cefalu W, Rosenblum N, Huising MO, Benninger RKP, Almaça J, Hull-Meichle RL, MacDonald P, Lynn F, Melero-Martin J, Yoshihara E, Stabler C, Sander M, Evans-Molina C, Engin F, Thompson P, Shalev A, Redondo MJ, Nadeau K, Bellin M, Udler MS, Dennis J, Dash S, Zhou W, Snyder M, Booth G, Butte A, Florez J. PMID: 34957490.
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    9. Advances in Pancreatic Islet Transplantation Sites for the Treatment of Diabetes. Front Endocrinol (Lausanne). 2021; 12:732431. Cayabyab F, Nih LR, Yoshihara E. PMID: 34589059; PMCID: PMC8473744.
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    10. Bisphenol A derivatives act as novel coactivator-binding inhibitors for estrogen receptor β. J Biol Chem. 2021 11; 297(5):101173. Iwamoto M, Masuya T, Hosose M, Tagawa K, Ishibashi T, Suyama K, Nose T, Yoshihara E, Downes M, Evans RM, Matsushima A. PMID: 34499926; PMCID: PMC8551653.
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    11. Immune Protection of Stem Cell-Derived Islet Cell Therapy for Treating Diabetes. Front Endocrinol (Lausanne). 2021; 12:716625. Tahbaz M, Yoshihara E. PMID: 34447354; PMCID: PMC8382875.
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    12. Publisher Correction: Immune-evasive human islet-like organoids ameliorate diabetes. Nature. 2021 Feb; 590(7844):E27. Yoshihara E, O'Connor C, Gasser E, Wei Z, Oh TG, Tseng TW, Wang D, Cayabyab F, Dai Y, Yu RT, Liddle C, Atkins AR, Downes M, Evans RM. PMID: 33469222.
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    13. Immune-evasive human islet-like organoids ameliorate diabetes. Nature. 2020 10; 586(7830):606-611. Yoshihara E, O'Connor C, Gasser E, Wei Z, Oh TG, Tseng TW, Wang D, Cayabyab F, Dai Y, Yu RT, Liddle C, Atkins AR, Downes M, Evans RM. PMID: 32814902; PMCID: PMC7872080.
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    14. TXNIP/TBP-2: A Master Regulator for Glucose Homeostasis. Antioxidants (Basel). 2020 Aug 18; 9(8). Yoshihara E. PMID: 32824669; PMCID: PMC7464905.
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    15. FXR Regulates Intestinal Cancer Stem Cell Proliferation. Cell. 2019 02 21; 176(5):1098-1112.e18. Fu T, Coulter S, Yoshihara E, Oh TG, Fang S, Cayabyab F, Zhu Q, Zhang T, Leblanc M, Liu S, He M, Waizenegger W, Gasser E, Schnabl B, Atkins AR, Yu RT, Knight R, Liddle C, Downes M, Evans RM. PMID: 30794774; PMCID: PMC6701863.
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    16. Vitamin D Switches BAF Complexes to Protect β Cells. Cell. 2018 May 17; 173(5):1135-1149.e15. Wei Z, Yoshihara E, He N, Hah N, Fan W, Pinto AFM, Huddy T, Wang Y, Ross B, Estepa G, Dai Y, Ding N, Sherman MH, Fang S, Zhao X, Liddle C, Atkins AR, Yu RT, Downes M, Evans RM. PMID: 29754817; PMCID: PMC5987229.
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    17. ERRγ Preserves Brown Fat Innate Thermogenic Activity. Cell Rep. 2018 03 13; 22(11):2849-2859. Ahmadian M, Liu S, Reilly SM, Hah N, Fan W, Yoshihara E, Jha P, De Magalhaes Filho CD, Jacinto S, Gomez AV, Dai Y, Yu RT, Liddle C, Atkins AR, Auwerx J, Saltiel AR, Downes M, Evans RM. PMID: 29539415; PMCID: PMC5884669.
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    18. ERRγ Is Required for the Metabolic Maturation of Therapeutically Functional Glucose-Responsive β Cells. Cell Metab. 2016 Apr 12; 23(4):622-34. Yoshihara E, Wei Z, Lin CS, Fang S, Ahmadian M, Kida Y, Tseng T, Dai Y, Yu RT, Liddle C, Atkins AR, Downes M, Evans RM. PMID: 27076077; PMCID: PMC4832237.
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    19. ERRs Mediate a Metabolic Switch Required for Somatic Cell Reprogramming to Pluripotency. Cell Stem Cell. 2015 May 07; 16(5):547-55. Kida YS, Kawamura T, Wei Z, Sogo T, Jacinto S, Shigeno A, Kushige H, Yoshihara E, Liddle C, Ecker JR, Yu RT, Atkins AR, Downes M, Evans RM. PMID: 25865501; PMCID: PMC4427539.
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    20. Intestinal FXR agonism promotes adipose tissue browning and reduces obesity and insulin resistance. Nat Med. 2015 Feb; 21(2):159-65. Fang S, Suh JM, Reilly SM, Yu E, Osborn O, Lackey D, Yoshihara E, Perino A, Jacinto S, Lukasheva Y, Atkins AR, Khvat A, Schnabl B, Yu RT, Brenner DA, Coulter S, Liddle C, Schoonjans K, Olefsky JM, Saltiel AR, Downes M, Evans RM. PMID: 25559344; PMCID: PMC4320010.
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    21. Endocrinization of FGF1 produces a neomorphic and potent insulin sensitizer. Nature. 2014 Sep 18; 513(7518):436-9. Suh JM, Jonker JW, Ahmadian M, Goetz R, Lackey D, Osborn O, Huang Z, Liu W, Yoshihara E, van Dijk TH, Havinga R, Fan W, Yin YQ, Yu RT, Liddle C, Atkins AR, Olefsky JM, Mohammadi M, Downes M, Evans RM. PMID: 25043058; PMCID: PMC4184286.
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    22. Methylome, transcriptome, and PPAR(γ) cistrome analyses reveal two epigenetic transitions in fat cells. Epigenetics. 2014 Sep; 9(9):1195-206. Takada H, Saito Y, Mituyama T, Wei Z, Yoshihara E, Jacinto S, Downes M, Evans RM, Kida YS. PMID: 25093444; PMCID: PMC4169011.
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    23. Deficiency of thioredoxin binding protein-2 (TBP-2) enhances TGF-β signaling and promotes epithelial to mesenchymal transition. PLoS One. 2012; 7(6):e39900. Masaki S, Masutani H, Yoshihara E, Yodoi J. PMID: 22768160; PMCID: PMC3387201.
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    24. Thioredoxin-binding protein-2 (TBP-2/VDUP1/TXNIP) regulates T-cell sensitivity to glucocorticoid during HTLV-I-induced transformation. Leukemia. 2011 Mar; 25(3):440-8. Chen Z, Lopez-Ramos DA, Yoshihara E, Maeda Y, Masutani H, Sugie K, Maeda M, Yodoi J. PMID: 21151022; PMCID: PMC3072512.
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    25. Disruption of TBP-2 ameliorates insulin sensitivity and secretion without affecting obesity. Nat Commun. 2010 Nov 23; 1:127. Yoshihara E, Fujimoto S, Inagaki N, Okawa K, Masaki S, Yodoi J, Masutani H. PMID: 21119640; PMCID: PMC3060604.
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    26. Activation of the NLRP3 inflammasome by islet amyloid polypeptide provides a mechanism for enhanced IL-1β in type 2 diabetes. Nat Immunol. 2010 Oct; 11(10):897-904. Masters SL, Dunne A, Subramanian SL, Hull RL, Tannahill GM, Sharp FA, Becker C, Franchi L, Yoshihara E, Chen Z, Mullooly N, Mielke LA, Harris J, Coll RC, Mills KH, Mok KH, Newsholme P, Nuñez G, Yodoi J, Kahn SE, Lavelle EC, O'Neill LA. PMID: 20835230; PMCID: PMC3103663.
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    27. Dendritic cells derived from TBP-2-deficient mice are defective in inducing T cell responses. Eur J Immunol. 2008 May; 38(5):1358-67. Son A, Nakamura H, Okuyama H, Oka S, Yoshihara E, Liu W, Matsuo Y, Kondo N, Masutani H, Ishii Y, Iyoda T, Inaba K, Yodoi J. PMID: 18425727.
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